Understand Self-Representation from Maryland divorce lawyers
For various reasons, spouses may choose to resolve their case without the help of Maryland divorce lawyers. The procedures that you must follow for self-representation are the same if you had a lawyer, except you will be responsible for complying with all of the Court Rules and filing the proper legal forms. Read more about our online legal services that provide you with all of the forms you need plus legal advice.
Some of the factors that are considered in whether or not to use a lawyer to assist in a divorce are:
- Lawyers fees involved
- Complexity of the case
- Desire to control the timing of procedures and costs
Before you decide whether or not to go the self-representation route in your legal matter, consider the legal aspects as well as the emotional aspects of the divorce. If you find it difficult to keep one from interfering with the other, it is best to hire a family law lawyer. Issues such as dividing marital property, deciding child custody and access issues, negotiating spousal support, if any, and determining child support will have long-lasting consequences.
You have the right to proceed without divorce lawyer but the divorce process can be complex. If you choose to proceed with self-representation we offer online legal services that will provide you with legal advice plus all of the legal forms you need for a fixed and affordable fee. We provide you with detailed instructions so you can represent yourself effectively and you know what to say and how to act in the divorce hearing. Read More.
What is Involved:
The spouse who files for the divorce is called the Complainant. The other spouse is called the Respondent. If you are the Complainant, you will file a Complaint for Divorce. If you are the Respondent to the Complaint, you will have been served with a Writ of Summons and Complaint and will have to respond in a timely manner.
Below are factors to consider before filing a Complaint for Divorce:
- Where to file the Complaint.
- How to file.
- Grounds for Divorce – Fault vs. No-fault
Where to File:
You can file the divorce in the county in which you live or the county in which your spouse lives or works.
Filing Your Complaint for Divorce:
You can hand deliver or mail the Complaint for to your local Court Clerk. You will need to serve a copy of the Complaint on your spouse either by way of The Sheriff or a private process server.
Grounds for Divorce:
Your choice of filing for a fault ground vs. a no fault ground will affect how your spouse will respond and react to your Complaint, so careful consideration must be given to this. The grounds for divorce can also affect property and support issues. A lawyer can assist you in making this decision.